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Twisted Nerve (1968)

M  -  Drama | Thriller  -  December 1968 (UK)
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Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Susan Harper
Hywel Bennett ...
Martin Durnley / Georgie
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Joan Harper
Phyllis Calvert ...
Enid Durnley
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Gerry Henderson
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Henry Durnley
Salmaan Peerzada ...
Shashie Kadir (as Salmaan Peer)
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Philip Harvey
Gretchen Franklin ...
'Clarkie'
Thorley Walters ...
Sir John Forrester
Russell Napier ...
Professor Fuller
Robin Parkinson ...
Shop Manager
Timothy Bateson ...
Mr. Groom
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Superintendant Dakin
Brian Peck ...
Det. Sgt. Rogers
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Storyline

Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an alternate personality - that of six-year-old Georgie? It is Georgie who befriends Susan Harper, but friendship soon turns into obsession. When Susan begins to distance herself, something inside Georgie snaps and he embarks on a killing spree, with Susan as the next target. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Cleaver. Cleaver. Chop. Chop. First the mom and then the pop. Then we'll get the pretty girl. We'll get her right between the curl.

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Drama | Thriller

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December 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Morte Tem Cara de Anjo  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The whistling theme from the score was resurrected in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). Daryl Hannah's character Elle Driver is whistling it as she enters the hospital. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Ladies and gentlemen, because of the controversy already aroused, the producers of this film wish to re-emphasize what is already stated in the film, that there is no established scientific connection between Mongolism and psychotic or criminal behavior.
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References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

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Madeleine
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Written by John Addison and Roy Boulting
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Mommy obsessed psycho.
11 March 2011 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Martin/Georgie is a mommy obsessed psychopath with a mental age of an infant.Georgie dupes his way into beautiful Hayley Mills' residence and the sinister things begin to happen..."Twisted Nerve" is a psychological thriller strongly influenced by Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho".The camera-work is outstanding as is the acting.There are only two murders shown in the film,so fans of horror will be disappointed.The soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann of "Psycho" fame is truly memorable as is the whistling theme later used by Tarantino in "Kill Bill Vol 1".The characters are well-written and there is strong emphasis on oedipal complex.8 out of 10.


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